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Serious Madness - Mad River Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
89
very good

197 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 124
rAvg: 3.96
pDev: 10.35%
Wants: 18
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Mad River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Black Ale |  8.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: klewis on 02-26-2009)
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Vancoubeer

Washington

4.5/5  rDev +13.6%

02-10-2013 06:27:29 | More by Vancoubeer
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jsteele

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -17.9%

02-10-2013 01:43:34 | More by jsteele
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DukeX13

Illinois

4/5  rDev +1%

02-09-2013 01:44:43 | More by DukeX13
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - black with a big, thick, brown head that has great retention; some sediment floating in the dark liquid

S - very faint nose; some chocolate

T - chocolate, roasted malts, black licorice, dark fruit, faint citrus, mildly bitter

M - medium bodied, well carbonated

This was a decent beer. It wasn't as hoppy as I was hoping, but the rich, complex maltiness was enough to keep me intrigued. The hops seem to get buried revealing only a slight citrusy undertone. Something a bit more bitter may have had a better chance against the depth of the malt. All in all, I did enjoy this beer, and I would recommend it to any fan of the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2013 02:32:31 | More by tdm168
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

02-03-2013 01:33:37 | More by DrunkinYogi
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Greywulfken

New York

4.03/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: center-pour into a nonic pint: opaque black body, dense head of rich tan foam, ample lacing

S: roasted bittersweet dark malts

T: flashes of anise over sweet malt, roasted bittersweet chocolate, espresso coffee; earthy and herbal undercurrents

M: thick, chewy, bittering, crisp on the finish

O: I found this to be a very enjoyable beer, approaching a stout in character and an Imperial in strength.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 21:06:38 | More by Greywulfken
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jucifer1818

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

11-30-2012 18:57:42 | More by jucifer1818
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SamW

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -11.6%

11-27-2012 19:53:20 | More by SamW
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Btr73


3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

11-03-2012 23:57:05 | More by Btr73
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csmartin6

New York

4/5  rDev +1%

11-02-2012 13:46:24 | More by csmartin6
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NoLeafClover44

Delaware

3.53/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a standard pint glass. I can't find a bottling date, but the dust on the bottle neck tells me it wasn't bottled yesterday.

A - The black body is speckled with tiny cocoa colored floaters. A long-lasting finger of almond head sits on top. Good lacing.

S - Smells of rich chocolate, roasted malts, and marshmallow. Subtle and comforting aroma with little to no hops. Smells like a chocolate stout. The hops have faded from the nose if there ever were any. Nonetheless, it smells delicious.

T - Much more bitter than I would have expected from the aroma. Chocolate malts dance with bitter pine on the forefront. Some char on the back end with a lingering alcohol bite.

M - Nearly flat with a medium body.

O - I love this style and I rarely pass up an imperial black ale that I have not yet tried. This one was a bit disappointing. The aroma was very good, and the flavor decent, but the lack of carbonation ruined it for me. Without bottle dating, I won't grab this one again.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2012 00:52:51 | More by NoLeafClover44
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t0rin0

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

10-23-2012 01:41:26 | More by t0rin0
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aquatonex

New York

3.65/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pitch black with a small head that dissipates leaving a brown ring around the beer as well as a lacing, a single sheet of tiny bubbles. Smells like hot chocolate without the hot, chocolately, earthy, and slightly sweet. Taste is not as good as it smells, but still it good. Malts are dominant, thin chocolate flavor then changes to bitter and solid alcohol notes. The flavor starts off rich but thins out and leaves you wanting a bit more. Overall, a nice smelling decent tasting beer for the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 00:12:43 | More by aquatonex
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1%

09-26-2012 13:23:39 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Danny1217

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours black, letting very little light through. A small tan head with good retention.
Smells nice and roasty. Some nice earthy scents, but the roasted malts dominate.
Tons of flavor in this one. Roasted coffee, caramel, and a nice hoppy bite at the end. Almost like a stout with just a bit of an IPA character. It's got some bunch too, at 8.2% ABV. Full bodied, somewhat light carbonation.

This black ale gives sublimely self-righteous a run for its money as far as I'm concerned. Mad River has to be one of the most underrated breweries in the world.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 21:02:37 | More by Danny1217
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Birdlegs

Washington

4/5  rDev +1%

09-13-2012 05:32:14 | More by Birdlegs
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JMBSH

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

08-03-2012 21:29:00 | More by JMBSH
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iL0VEbeer

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +1%

07-19-2012 18:22:39 | More by iL0VEbeer
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elec

Minnesota

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

06-03-2012 04:42:52 | More by elec
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cjgator3

Florida

4.15/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a dark black color with a light tan head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is dark roasted malts and hops. Good aroma, just a little fainter than expected and desired.

T- The taste is bursting with flavor. Dark roasted malt and a lot of bitterness from the hops. Very enjoyable!

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a perfect amount of carbonation. Perfect!

O- Overall, this is a fantastic beer that I really enjoyed! Recommended!

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 03:48:16 | More by cjgator3
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brotherloco

California

4.25/5  rDev +7.3%

05-04-2012 03:15:35 | More by brotherloco
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I’m glad to digging into the black ale style a bit further. As of now, I’ve only had Stone’s adaptations, so it’ll be good to try some offerings from another brewery.

A: Pours like dark, ashy-black coffee – thick and opaque, but watery enough to give away its <10% ABV. Two finger high, moderately tan head, with a foamy, micro-bubbled texture. Retention is thin but creamy, with a protruding bump over the nucleation site. Lacing is creamy and abundant.

S: Aroma is all stout mixed with mineral water; an Americanized version of a British RIS, you might say. Caramel, mocha, and vanilla are rich and syrupy, showcasing a buttery cinnamon-pastry scent. These malts and residual sugars create a wholesome, savory darkness. Earthen minerals, with peat, roasted chocolate malt, and new leather. Light hops show some citrus, as well.

T: Pleasantly roasty: big, big char, toasted biscuits, and bourbon barrel oak. Sweet cinnamon roll with vanilla icing, brown sugar, mild toffee malts, and toasted grainy flavors dance across the tongue; not thick in any way, but playful and smooth. The bitters are mainly from the burnt nature of the palate, but a nice taste of coffee, pine, light citrus, and peppery spice. The aftertaste comes out chocolaty and a little chalky, with a resiny dryness and a finish of smoke.

M: Quite smooth; a very drinkable ale. Feels a little thin at times, but that’s to be expected from the not-too-huge flavor of the beer. Wonderfully viscous.

O: I really like this beer; it might just be my favorite black ale so far. The roasts are much larger in this example of the style, without the anise-heavy character of Stone’s brews. Mad River, you rock!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2012 18:09:23 | More by BarryMFBurton
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bootdown21

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-29-2012 00:03:17 | More by bootdown21
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Popp24

California

3.75/5  rDev -5.3%

04-12-2012 19:30:34 | More by Popp24
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sierra Nevada tumbler. Sticker placed on the bottle by the liquor store says 3/29/2012

A- Pours a mostly opaque black color with a 1/2 inch dark tan head that retains well before descending into a thick ring around the edge of the glass and light surface foam. Slippery, average lacing.

S- Dark, roasty nose that's reminiscent of coffee and dark chocolate. Semisweet.

T- Deep roasted malts that are almost charred. Off-putting bitterness that kind of clashes. Booziness isn't kept in check very well either. Pretty blech.

M- A bit stingy and thick. Almost like it'd be better off just being a stout. Medium-low carbonation.

O- Only the second beer I've had by these guys and I'm not very impressed. Steelhead is all right but I'm not drinking this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2012 02:56:03 | More by Immortale25
Serious Madness from Mad River Brewing Company
89 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.